Oprah's TV Return

Oprah Winfrey has a new gig. The former talk show host debuted a new series on her OWN network called Oprah's Next Chapter. Sunday night, she got up close and personal with Aerosmith and American Idol's Steven Tyler.

Oprah Winfrey

Media megastar Oprah Winfrey has another notch on her belt. Last night, she premiered a new show on the OWN network called Oprah's Next Chapter.

The premiere episode was a two-hour special that centered on legendary rocker Steven Tyler. The Aerosmith frontman turned American Idol judge spoke about everything from his drug-using past to his current love life.

Instead of interviewing guests in the confines of a studio, Oprah's Next Chapter goes on location. Its mobility is one of the reasons Winfrey decided to do the show.

"After 25 years, I got myself out of the studio chairs. I moved into the next chapter, and I am having more fun than ever -- moving around the country and the world talking to people I'm really interested in getting to know and I think viewers will be, too," said Winfrey. "It is so energizing to be out and about in the world exploring new people, new places and new ideas."

This season, Winfrey will travel across the globe to interview influential and (sometimes) controversial figures. She'll travel to Haiti to visit with actor and activist Sean Penn, tackle director George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch and have a slumber party with chef Paula Deen at her Georgia home.

According to Oprah.com, Winfrey will also spend time with non-celebrities. She revealed, "I sat at the dinner table with a Hasidic Jewish family and tried to explain to the children who have never seen a television what TV is… can you imagine?"

Oprah's Next Chapter airs Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

Photo credit: Nikki Nelson / WENN

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Bridget Chicoine March 01, 2012 | 7:28 PM

I wait impatiently for each "New Chapter". I feel that each subject teaches me and gives me an intimate look into different lives and other cultures. Thank you Oprah for this wonderful series.

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